The latest iteration of Toyota’s revered ‘bakkie’, first launched in 2016 with an increased focus on technology, convenience, and comfort, while still retaining the traditional Hilux hallmarks of toughness and durability, builds on the robust foundation of the eighth-generation architecture and Legend 50 model which was introduced in 2019, representing a new frontier with even greater dynamic performance, technology, style and features.
New Grade Strategy
The model line-up and grade strategy has been revised in keeping with evolving market trends. The utility-focused S and SR models, complete with their original front façades, continue as before. The largest change is in the ‘mid-range’ where the SRX is replaced by the Raider.
“The SRX model has continuously evolved in line with market requests. SRX and Raider have now effectively merged, creating an opportunity for a flagship grade above Raider –precisely what the new Legend grade offers,” says Glenn Crompton, Vice-President of Marketing.
The most visible change is in the front, with new slim-line headlamps flanking an all-new front-grille and bumper design. The new styling gives the Hilux a modern, yet unmistakably tough appearanace.
Raider models feature a large, trapezoidal front grille with broad chrome border and horizontally-separated 3D grille elements, new boomerang-shaped fog lamp bezels and an integrated bumper guard. The 2.4 GD-6 models get four-bulb Halogen headlamps, while the 2.8 GD-6 Raider now boasts a Bi-LED headlamps and LED turn-signals.
The Legend name now signifies a new flagship grade to introduce a Hilux like never before.
The trapezoidal grille (outlined in black) integrates with the front bumper, bonnet protector and skidplate, creating an imposing front façade with dark-plated headlamp inserts and a centred chrome inlay with Toyota insignia.
An optional ‘RS’ accessory package (referring to Roller Shutter) will be offered on Legend-grade models with a motorised roller shutter, graphite-coloured sportsbar, rubberised bedliner, assisted tailgate with central-locking function and dust-defense kit.
The Raider and Legend models boast an all-new 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, allowing users to mirror applications off their mobile phone. Google Maps and Waze are included, and occupants can access their music libraries and streaming accounts via Apple Music, JOOX, Spotify and SoundCloud. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.
S & SR
The S-grade now features emergency brake signal and the SR-grade receives a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and Variable Flow Control power steering.
Raider models maintain their generous specification level and in the case of 2.4 GD-6 variants (previously SRX), now also boast side and curtain airbags. LED fog lamps, enlarged Multi-Information Display(MID) and Park Distance Control (PDC) is fitted across the board, with Bi-LED main beam headlamps and chrome front treatment also part of the 2.8 GD-6 Raider.
The Legend-grade derivatives come feature-packed, based on Raider specification, including an Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror (standard across all Legend models). Double-cab 4×4 models have leather interior trim, electrically adjustable front seats, a 9-speaker audio system with dash-mounted speakers, keyless entry and push-button start.
Safety & Security
For the first time on Hilux, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS, a Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control) forms part of the standard inventory on Legend 4×4 models.
All Hilux models are also equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system with an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data.
Warranty and Maintenance
All Hilux models have a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 9-services/90 000 km service plan.
New Hilux: updated interior
A new instrument cluster design welcomes the driver and features metallic inserts, a notched outer ring and metallic bezel. The 8-inch infotainment system incorporates a floating screen-design while retaining rotary adjustment knobs for ease of use.
Legend variants receive bespoke interior treatment with a unique accent treatment to the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear and gear lever. Cool, blue door illumination complements the perforated leather upholstery and black roof lining.
Nine exterior colours are on offer, including the new Oxide Bronze and Pearl White, a first for Hilux. Attitude Black is exclusively available on the 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend.
Wheels & Tyres
Raider models return to a 17-inch alloy wheel in Dark Grey metallic finish with 265-65-R17 rubber. Legend models are equipped with new rugged, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined surface and darkened centre caps – employing 265-60-R18 tyres. The other models retain their existing ‘footwear’.
More Power & Performance
The 2.8 GD-6 engine now delivers 150kW and 500Nm (Auto). Toyota engineers have improved fuel economy by adopting a larger turbocharger and a new common-rail injection system.
The Legend 4×4 Auto offers an elevated driving experience without compromising the core Toyota values of ‘QDR’, while the six-speed automatic transmission allows improved acceleration, especially while towing.
The 2.4 GD-6 4×4 can now tow up to 3.5 tons, matching that of the 2.8 GD-6 4×4.
Improved Ride Comfort, Handling and NVH
Toyota engineers improved ride comfort without compromising off-road performance and durability thanks to new spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes, delivering more agile handling and improving ride comfort, particularly when unladen. At the same time, Hilux maintains its renowned off-road performance, load-carrying capability, stability and body control – including performance on corrugated dirt roads.
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